Grateful Dead Live at Alpine Valley Music Theatre on 1988-06-23
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
AUD(Senn 441's, Row 16, DFC)>CM (Marantz PMD430)>DAT>CDR>WAV>SHN. Recorded and transferred (CM > DAT > CDR) by Craig Camus. Encoding/edits by Chris Ladner.
- 2004-07-02 14:01:10
- East Troy, WI
- AUD(Senn 441's, Row 16, DFC)>CM (Marantz PMD430)>DAT>CDR>WAV>SHN. Recorded and transferred (CM > DAT > CDR) by Craig Camus. Encoding/edits by Chris Ladner.
- Taped by
- Craig Camus
Subject: Ridin' thru the valley
Subject: Thanks CC!
Subject: Out of phase my ass...
Subject: out of PHASE recording
Subject: First ever Beleive it or not
Subject: black bird being shot
Subject: a special show for me
The scene: the dust bowl coming to a close. After the show, Frank and I split ASAP and drove all night to get back for our high school graduation. I used to have a funny picture of Frank with his head back against the passenger seat of the bus, asleep, and a really beautiful sunrise in the background. The school didn't want to let us participate in the graduation ceremony, ostensibly because we hadn't attended the rehearsal. In reality, they were just pissed because we skipped half our finals to go to these Alpine shows, but our grades were still good enough to graduate (that really ticked them off). But this night brought to a close our first run of Alpine shows and was special for me in a few different ways.
The music: Set I: A decent Aiko is always a good way to start an evening. Roses is just rare enough to be special (I seem to recall never hearing it more than once a tour) and this is a beautiful version, even with Healey's vocal effects. Masterpiece>Bird Song>Promised Land is one of my favorite first set song blocks. The jam on this Bird Song is definitely unique, although it rides that fine line between disjointed and "out there."
Set II: Hey Pockey Way continues the outstanding song selection for the evening, and Brent's working hard to get you off your ass and shake that thang. Believe it or Not continues the nightly new song parade for this Alpine run. I think this song faded away soon after its debut because Standing on the Moon (which debuted less than a year later) sort of had a similar vibe and it was, frankly, a better song. Women R Smarter gets everybody dancing again, with some nice moments from Brent. He's Gone was really special for me this night. On the day we left for Alpine our friend Nick died in a car accident. Frank and I didn't find out until the 21st when we called some friends to give them the set list updates for the first couple of shows. So when they started playing this, I sat over by the little group of trees on the far Phil side and cried a little. I'd known Nick since elementary school, but only been friends with him the last couple of years - mostly because he lived in the same neighborhood as Bill P, so we all wound up hanging out. The week after Alpine, he was supposed to move into the apartment on Alliance Ave (with Aaron, Larry, and Jaime) that I moved into that fall when I got back from fall tour. This is a decent version with a somber little jam afterward. Drums has a lot of intresting sounds and instrumentation on this evening. Miracle>GSL>Watchtower is another favorite song-block of mine and this one is played really well. Dew is awesome. Jerry really wails out some lyrics and Phil churns out some big chords at one point as well. There are two very nice peaks to it. Blackbird encore?? This one blew me away. It had some really special meaning for me personally because I was embarcing on my first full tour, I was graduating from high school with so much ahead of me, and this was my first trip in the new VW that would be my home periodically for a few years while out on the road. In sum, I "was only waiting for this moment to arrive." This was the first of only two "attempts" at Blackbird (they screwed up both pretty well). It was a complete surprise to me at the time, but astute listeners might not have been so surprised. At the beginning of the second set on 4/8/88 Jerry played a full couple of lines of this song before they started the set. Brokedown is always my favorite of the slow-tune encores. To this day it still reminds me of falling asleep with my walkman on as a 15 year-old kid listening to Dead Set.
Subject: One Of The Best I Went To
I felt such love during this show. I really felt
God came to me so strongly and showed me His love. I felt a strong unity with the people that night. The music just sounded better than the other three nights.
Subject: out of sync?
Subject: The "Golden Era"
I was in a marriage doomed to failure, a daughter, and in love with music as an escape. A friend went with me to this show and later told me he had a lump in his throat during Morning Dew. He had never seen the Dead and had only heard Jeff Beck's Morning Dew in the past.
Jerry's voice is far from "perfect" but the soul and emotion are unbelieveable. I think this show also showcased what an extraordinary person Brent was and how much he musically added to the band. It was a shame how he was not appreciated at the onset of his GD career.
I love this show as I do all late 80's Alpine shows. Truly a Golden Era of newly found inspriation, musical achievement, and emotion. Check it out my friend.
Subject: Oneof my favorites
Love Brent's Hey Pokey Way and Gimme Some Lovin.
At the time of this show I was taking a break from shows. My dad was dying of cancer and just about gone. A friend of gave a tape of this show that they had just been to and it really lifted my spirits. Still does every time I hear it.
He's Gone really gets me.
Thank you Grateful Dead.
Subject: Last of the 4 shows from Alpine '88
This particular show is nice. It smooth, but there's the occasional edge, without as much of the "fallout" that comes to mind with the 80's and 90's shows. Pocky Way and Roses both stand out.
Once again, thanks to the Grateful Dead AND the Archive for making all this possible.
Subject: Music is such a powerful emotion.
Subject: pitch problems
Subject: Solstice jams
Subject: Beautiful Show
Oh, and the Gooney Birds were stellar in the Summer of '88 !!!
Subject: Hey Pocky Way
Subject: goony birds
to be 18 again
my 3rd show
and 1st taste of ellis d
Subject: I was there
Subject: You need this if...
Subject: Can't believe I didn't stick around for this one!!!!
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